Handmade by Old Growth Alchemy, this reliquary is a tiny ritual object for your altar, sacred space or wherever you see fit to place it. Keep your boundaries crystal clear at all times. Thorns and a tight rosebud provide a potent reminder of the fair flower: I may be delicate but I have thorns. Set your intentions in crystal and keep it close.
A note from the maker: And what are reliquaries? From the Catholic tradition, reliquaries were vessels which held holy relics from saints or pieces of them. Well, while I am not of that tradition, the practice and concept intrigued me. What if we see Nature as Holy? What would the relics be if not Nature themselves? Nature as an animist being or collective rather than a thing or object? That is the spirit to which I created my Animist Reliquaries and to which I shall continue to make them.
These ritual items look to Nature as a method of exploring larger narrative themes: these focused more strongly on energetics and ways in which we interact with ourselves and the world around us through connections, superstition, belief, and practice.
Text by Ashley Nunez.